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Answered 2006-08-08 23:25:36

You would have known if you had it for 20 years. I have a friend that had chlamydia and she knew that she had it about 1-2 weeks after getting it. She started to have all kinds of symptoms down there that I won't mention then she went to the doctor and they found out she had chlamydia. So by what I have learned from her, you could not have had it for 20 years with out knowing.

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